Monday, October 5, 2009

Love Like This

How much does God love us? To the moon? To the stars? Our human brains can't even take in the depth of His love!

Two days ago, my father came home for a two week R and R after serving nine months in Iraq. My entire family went to the airport and waited...and waited...and waited. I stood at the window and tried not to be sick; I could not sit still I was so eager to see him.

Then,finally, he was there in the flesh and we enveloped him with hugs. Tears were on everyone's cheeks and I was shaking with adrenaline. My mom couldn't even text to say that he was home to those of our friens who were waiting for the news. We were just too excited.

That night, I sat in bed and thought about how great it was to finally have him home and it struck me. That is how God loves us. He yearns for us to finally come to Him in heaven; He longs for me a hundred times more than I ever longed for my dad.

I mentioned this thought at community group since the topic of our dicussion was very similar and one of the men added to what I had said. What if, instead of hugging us and wanting to spend every minute he could with us, my dad had juat walked past us towards the McDonalds or the latest Kohl's sale? That would have hurt more than I can imagine, to be ignored by the very person that I have so eagerly been waiting for.

We do that every day to God. We would rather finish our book or take our nap or buy the latest fashions than give even a little of what He gave to us back to God. He loves us so much; He DIED for us and we ignore Him. How dare we? Think of how that hurts Him and yet...and YET, He doesn't just give up on us. He still pursues us, stil loves us, still helps us when we're in trouble and we decided that praying is worth our time suddenly. He still keeps all His promises. He is truly a wondrous God!


  1. Amen!! So convicting, but so true! Thanks for your thoughts on your blog!

  2. That has got to be one of the most beautiful and touching illustrations of God's love I have ever read. Your thoughts penetrating, poetic and sparkling with a freshness, innocence and faith that is breathtaking.

    Thanks for taking the time to share that, Raych.

    Oh, and may your time with your dad be even better than you had hoped it would be.

    God bless.

  3. WOW rachael! this post left me sitting in my chair not knowing what to say or what to do. It was convitctin and very encouraging!

    you have been a great encouragement in my life from the simple things you do like passing by and giving me a hug or sitting down with me and allowing me to pour my heart out on you. You listen paitently to my words and than share your similar experiances, share God's word with me, sit with me and comfort me with kind words of encouragment of just hug me and let me cry. You are a great sister and a wonderful christian woman. I am proud to say that i'm your sister! :-)

    I love you so much!